Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Covenant by M LeAnne Phoenix

CoverThe Covenant E-Book Cover with logo Author Name: M. LeAnne Phoenix
  Book Name: The Covenant
  Series: Covenant Series Book: One
  Release Date: January 15, 2016 
Pages or Words: 280 pages, 71,000 words
Categories: Gay fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Poetry, Romance 
Publisher: CoolDudes Publishing
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis

Blurb: When love is forbidden, who can you trust? Seventeen year old David has been best friends with Jonathan for as long as he can remember, but the day he sees the pastor's daughter press a soft kiss to Jonathan's cheek everything changes. Overcome by jealousy, his explosive reaction reveals a deeper connection that sends their relationship spiraling down into dangerous territory. 

When their clandestine love is discovered, they have nowhere to turn for help. The brutal circumstances of their parting test David and Jonathan's covenant to each other in unimaginable ways.

Forced to face their fears, it is in their darkest moments that the two young men discover that the courage, hope, and strength they need to to fight for their love, has been the foundation of their covenant all along.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Is it worth buying a Yeti Pro?

Is it worth buying a Yeti Pro?

For a long time now I've wanted to start making YouTube videos of games, so slowly over time I built up my video making arsenal, and recently I added a microphone to that collection namely, the Blue Yeti Pro. Now, this microphone costs almost £200, whereas its littler brother, the Blue Yeti, costs only £100. So, why did I pay almost £100 more for the pro version? Well, it's all down to personal preference.

Here are the stats for both the Blue Yeti, and the Blue Yeti Pro:

Blue Yeti:

Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16bit
Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72" (12cm) x 4.92"(12.5cm) x 11.61"(29.5cm)
Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
Headphone Amplifier
Impedance:16 ohms
Power Output (RMS): 130 mW
THD: 0.009%
Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 22 kHz
Signal to Noise: 100dB

Blue Yeti Pro:

Power Required/Consumption: 5V 500mA (USB)/48V DC (analog)
Sample Rate: 192 kHz
Bit Rate: 24bit
Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)

Dimensions (extended in stand): 4.72"(12cm) x 4.92"(12.5cm) x 11.61"(29.5cm)
Weight (microphone): 1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
Weight (stand): 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
Cable: 12" Y-Cable and 2M USB cable

As you can see, the Yeti Pro is clearly superior to the Yeti, but that's not to say that the Yeti is any pushover, by no means is it. The Yeti is widely used by professionals everywhere. But the question remains, why did I spend an extra £100 for the Pro?

One of the advantages of the Pro is the option for Analogue connections, now I have nothing to use this with, but it does leave room for improvement and expansion in the future. Not only that, but as I said earlier the Pro is quite superior to the Yeti, but that's just my opinion.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, 1 January 2016

Why I love education, but hate school.

Why I love education, but hate school.

Yes, before I begin, I am aware there's a poem of the same name as this post, and yes, I admit it did indeed  inspire me to write this post, as did the poem/rap 'Don't Stay in School'.

Hello people, it's me, Efan, I'm back!

I know it's been a while, but here I am with my latest blog. I hope you all enjoy!

Why I love education, but hate school.

I love education, I love learning, I love knowledge. But I hate school. Why? Here's why:

Schools don't encourage individuality, they don't treat people as individuals, they try to cram everyone through the same gates - cut and paste. There's nowhere to truly be yourself, especially if you don't fit into one of the 'groups'. Even the teachers seem to promote the segregation and treat you differently if you're one of the popular crowd. (said as someone who never had been)

 Another thing I REALLY hate about school, is the way they handle the actual education bit, ie forcing everyone to be taught things  they have NO interest in. They force people whose only aspiration in life is to become an artist. to sit through hours of science, which they don't pay attention to anyway. 

Now, I'm not saying lessons such as maths and english should not be mandatory, no, but what I AM saying is, that we should be given more freedom in what we learn, and how we learn it.

It won't be a surprise to anyone to learn that kids can, and will, be dicks. I know this as well as anyone. And from my own experience I know it's much harder to learn in a group environment, Not only does everyone seem so flipping loud and angsty, the teachers go at the pace of the slowest child, leaving the faster ones to get bored, and not pay attention. The system is supposed to be tailored to the individual child, so it confuses me  how they seem to fuck (pardon my language) every god-damn thing up!

Honestly, I love learning, and I'm sure many others do, too. But, the way it is now is not good. I'm sure it's all to do with stuff like administration, rules and regulations, but the teachers are just as much sheep as everyone else in just doing what they're told and not caring about us, the students.

Maybe if they start using their heads, they'll realise that by giving more freedom for us to have a say in our education, in how WE want to learn, and to go at our OWN pace,  maybe everyone will have a better learning experience at school. Maybe more people will be able to realise their dreams.

I've already written about bullying, but this is another big thing that gets in the way of education. It's not just the big bullies, it's all the little ones - the snide comments, giggles, looks and tricks and all the other things that made school unbearable to me. Surely, if science and religion are part of the compulsory timetable, surely respect and how not to be a dick should be, too.

Thanks for reading!